A doctor accused of sex offences against two male patients could have been set up by drug dealers with a grudge, a court heard.
A tearful Dr Vic Calland, 61, claimed his car was vandalised and he was forced to resign from a drug clinic in Preston after he was instrumental in having a popular heroin substitute Diconol banned from the city.
“With an average addict paying about £20 a day to dealers and with about 60 patients on our books, you can see the effect it would have on drug dealers in Preston,” he told the city’s crown court. “On occasions I had screws stuck through the inside wall of my rear tyres. By 2000 I had had enough. I decided it was was time to leave the drug team.”
Calland, of Broadgate, Preston, denies three serious sex offences and two counts of indecent assault. His long-term partner, 63-year-old architect George Cameron, has pleaded not guilty to one serious sex offence.
Taking the witness box yesterday Calland, whose surgery was in Fishergate Hill, Preston, described how he had become one of the first GPs in the area to accept drug addicts as patients. In 2000 he was brought before the General Medical Council after two addicts made sexual allegations against him. He was cleared after a two-week hearing.
One of the men gave evidence yesterday saying he had become a victim after agreeing to commit sex acts because he was “powerless to say no” as he was desperate for methadone prescriptions from the doctor.
But Calland’s barrister Mr Michael Aulty attacked the ex-addict’s evidence as “nonsense and a pack of lies.” He said: “You were making false allegations against this doctor for vengeance, weren’t you?
“Dr Calland was personally responsible for the ending of Diconol being prescribed locally. What I am suggesting is that drug addicts very much had it in for him.” Calland wept in the witness box as he told the jury how he had become one of the first family doctors outside London to volunteer to treat Aids patients. He flatly denied any of the allegations of sexual assault against him. Asked whether he had committed sex acts against one of the patients, he added: “Bearing in mind that this would be a drug addict, who I think is hepatitis C positive and, at the time, could have been HIV positive, I don’t think I would have wanted contact.
“I think, on occasions, I may have got too close to some of my patients. But I wouldn’t sexually abuse anyone, absolutely not. I have seen people who have been raped and abused and you don’t do that to people.”